United Dioceses of Limerick, Ardfert, Aghadoe, Killaloe, Kilfenora, Clonfert, Kilmacduagh and Emly
|Ecclesiastical province||Dublin and Cashel|
|Cathedral|| St Mary's Cathedral, Limerick, |
|Bishop||Kenneth Kearon, Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe|
The Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe (Full title: The United Dioceses of Limerick, Ardfert, Aghadoe, Killaloe, Kilfenora, Clonfert, Kilmacduagh and Emly) is a diocese of the Church of Ireland that is located in mid-western Ireland. The diocese was formed by a merger of neighbouring dioceses in 1976. It is in the ecclesiastical province of Dublin. It is one of the twelve Church of Ireland dioceses that cover the whole of Ireland. The diocese covers all of counties Limerick, Kerry and Clare, plus parts of counties Galway, Cork and Tipperary.
The current bishop is Kenneth Kearon, who was to be consecrated in January 2015.The previous bishop was Trevor Williams who was elected on 6 May 2008 and consecrated at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin on 11 July 2008.
When the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church broke communion, it was established by the state as the established church. Later, by decree of the Irish Parliament, the Church of Ireland became the independent State Church of the Kingdom of Ireland. It assumed possession of most Church property (and so retained a great repository of religious architecture and other items, though some were later destroyed). The substantial majority of the population remained faithful to Roman Catholicism, despite the political and economic advantages of membership in the state church. The English-speaking minority mostly adhered to the Church of Ireland or to Presbyterianism. In 1833, the two provinces of Dublin and Cashel were merged. Over the centuries, a number of dioceses were merged (see below), in view of declining membership. It is for this reason that the united diocese has three cathedrals.
The present united diocese dates from 1976, the end result of a number of mergers of sees beginning in the seventeenth century:
|Ancient dioceses||Unions before 1976||1976|
|Diocese of Ardfert & Aghadoe||1661: Diocese of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe||Diocese of Limerick & Killaloe|
|Diocese of Limerick|
|Diocese of Clonfert||1602: Diocese of Clonfert & Kilmacduagh||1834: Diocese of Killaloe & Clonfert|
|Diocese of Kilmacduagh|
|Diocese of Kilfenora||1752: Diocese of Killaloe & Kilfenora|
|Diocese of Killaloe|
|Diocese of Emly||United to Cashel from 1569-1976|
Five others are in ruins or no longer exist:
The diocese is divided into a number of parish groups.
Kilfenora is a village and a civil parish in County Clare, Ireland. It is situated south of the karst limestone region known as the Burren. Since medieval times when it was the episcopal see of the Bishop of Kilfenora, it has been known as the "City of the Crosses" for its seven high crosses. The village had around 220 inhabitants in 2011. Much of the TV show Father Ted (1995–98) was filmed there.
Clonfert Cathedral is a cathedral of the Church of Ireland in Clonfert, County Galway in Ireland. It is in the ecclesiastical province of Dublin. Previously the cathedral of the Diocese of Clonfert, it is now one of three cathedrals in the United Dioceses of Limerick and Killaloe.
The Synod of Kells took place in 1152, under the presidency of Giovanni Cardinal Paparoni, and continued the process begun at the Synod of Ráth Breasail (1111) of reforming the Irish church. The sessions were divided between the abbeys of Kells and Mellifont, and in later times the synod has been called the Synod of Kells-Mellifont and the Synod of Mellifont-Kells.
The Bishop of Killaloe is an episcopal title which takes its name after the town of Killaloe in County Clare, Ireland. In the Roman Catholic Church it remains a separate title, but in the Church of Ireland it has been united with other bishoprics.
The Diocese of Killaloe may refer either to a Roman Catholic or a Church of Ireland (Anglican) diocese, in Ireland.
The Bishop of Limerick, Killaloe and Ardfert or the Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe is the Church of Ireland Ordinary of the united Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe in the Province of Dublin.
The Bishop of Limerick is an episcopal title which takes its name after the city of Limerick in the Province of Munster, Ireland. In the Roman Catholic Church it still continues as a separate title, but in the Church of Ireland it has been united with other bishoprics.
The Bishop of Kilfenora was a separate episcopal title which took its name after the village of Kilfenora in County Clare in the Republic of Ireland. In both the Church of Ireland and the Roman Catholic Church, the title is now united with other bishoprics.
The Cathedral Church of St Flannan, Killaloe is a cathedral of the Church of Ireland in Killaloe, County Clare in Ireland. It is in the ecclesiastical province of Dublin.
The Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe was the Ordinary of the Church of Ireland diocese of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe, which was in the Province of Cashel until 1833, then afterwards in the Province of Dublin.
The Diocese of Emly can refer to:
The Bishop of Killaloe and Clonfert was the Ordinary of the Church of Ireland diocese of Killaloe and Clonfert; comprising all of County Clare and part of counties of Tipperary, Galway and Roscommon, Republic of Ireland.
The Bishop of Clonfert and Kilmacduagh was the Ordinary of the Church of Ireland diocese of Clonfert and Kilmacduagh, comprising the southern part of County Galway and a small area of County Roscommon, Republic of Ireland.
The Bishop of Kilmacduagh was an episcopal title which took its name after the village of Kilmacduagh in County Galway, Ireland. In both the Church of Ireland and the Roman Catholic Church, the title is now united with other bishoprics.
Kilfenora Cathedral is a former cathedral, part of which is now used as a place of worship by the Church of Ireland. It is located in the village of Kilfenora, in the region known as the Burren, County Clare, Ireland. In medieval times it was the episcopal see of the Bishop of Kilfenora.
Robert McNeil Boyd MC was the 11th Bishop of Killaloe, Kilfenora, Clonfert and Kilmacduagh from 1943 until 1945, when he was translated to Derry and Raphoe.
Edwin Owen was an Anglican bishop in the Church of Ireland.
The Dean of Limerick and Ardfert is based in the Cathedral Church of St Mary's in Limerick in the united diocese of Limerick, Killaloe and Ardfert within the Church of Ireland. St Brendan's Cathedral, Ardfert was destroyed by fire in 1641.
The Dean of Killaloe is based at the Cathedral Church of St Flannan in Killaloe in the united diocese of Limerick, Killaloe and Ardfert within the Church of Ireland. The Dean of Killaloe is also Dean of St Brendans, Clonfert, Dean of Kilfenora, and both Dean and Provost of Kilmacduagh.
The Archdeacon of Cashel, Waterford and Lismore is a senior ecclesiastical officer within the Anglican Diocese of Cashel and Ossory. The current incumbent is Bob Gray. As such he is responsible for the disciplinary supervision of the clergy within the parts of the diocese covered formerly by the Archdeacons of Cashel, Waterford and Lismore.